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Ryan McNaught has what many would call a dream job. With LEGO as his medium, he’s built a Colosseum, scenes from Castaway, a replica of the cruise ship from The Love Boat and is now involved in the Festival of Play.
Started out: As a child, I used to love my LEGO sets and spent countless hours conjuring up new creations with the colourful construction bricks. On a trip to the US in 2007, my passion for LEGO was reignited when I visited a LEGO store in Disneyland; I was totally blown away by the amazing store displays! When I arrived home, I Googled ‘LEGO in Melbourne’ and found information about the annual LEGO fan convention, Brickvention, where Australian LEGO fans of all ages came together to build and display their original models. The first time I attended Brickvention was in 2008; I created a LEGO minifigure size replica of Flinders Street Station, which went on to win Best in Show.
Big break: I created a Qantas A380 Airbus full of robotics, including landing gear, wing flaps, working engines and even a cutaway down the centre of the model to show the inner workings of the aircraft, which I showcased at the 2010 Brickvention show. I had a lot of fun recreating different movie scenes with this model, including Snakes on a Plane and Castaway. I won Best in Show and decided to take the Airbus to Brickworld, the US’s largest LEGO show based in Chicago. While I was over there, I had the opportunity to show my creation to a team of people from the LEGO company.
Current project: I have just completed work on a giant LEGO Colosseum, which is currently on display at the Nicholson Museum in Sydney. I have also been working on several projects for the LEGO Festival of Play. We created the LEGO Builtboard; a huge double-sided billboard, four metres tall by five metres wide, located in Brisbane. The board and all of its letters are solely made out of LEGO, and I was tasked with building messages submitted by the Aussie public – talk about a huge challenge!
Favourite project: One of my favourite projects was creating a giant 3.3-metre long replica of the cruise ship from 80s TV show, The Love Boat. I actually met Gavin MacLeod (Captain Stubing) in the US in 2011 and he signed the model for me. This year, I have enjoyed working on another Festival of Play project Brickworks – 10 Australian creatives submitted designs inspired by their interpretation of ‘play’, which I then created into huge 1.1-metre tall LEGO brick mosaics. They were first unveiled in bus shelters along Macquarie Street in Sydney, and are now touring regional museums.
What’s next: As the LEGO Festival of Play continues, there are many projects in the pipeline. I’ll be working on The Big Build – the concept is for people to submit ideas on what could be built using 50,000 two by four green bricks – you’ve guessed it, I’ll be building the winning idea. I am also working on Play Days, where I’ll visit and build with communities across regional Australia.
The above images are part of the LEGO Brickworks Exhibition. Read more about it here.